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Vin's People: Meals on Wheels PLUS looks at 40

There's a truly special anniversary being celebrated in our town next week.

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee will observe 40 years of serving the needs of community seniors with an open house 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at three Bradenton locations -- the nonprofit's headquarters, 811 23rd Ave. E., Daybreak Adult Day Center, 2703 19th St. Court E., and Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W.

The public is invited.

For details, call 749-0100. Or email Kristen Theisen at

Or visit

n Drs. Mohammed K. Saghir and Daniel E. Friedman have joined Bradenton Cardiology. Saghir is a general cardiologist; Friedman, a cardiac electrophysiologist.

n How's this for a birthday present?

When Palmetto's Gary Taylor, a University of Texas alum and Longhorn buff, turned 64 last June, sweetheart Judy Herbert surprised him with game tickets to Saturday night's game at Ole Miss.

Contemplating a 13-hour drive to Oxford, Miss., Gary got another surprise from Judy -- two airline tickets to Memphis.

Where to stay? Gary figured everything would be booked up, but Judy had that covered, too -- reservations at a charming B&B in Andover, Miss.

Throw in lunch today at the famous Peabody Hotel in Memphis and jazz clubbing tonight, it sounds like a great football weekend.

n The City of Bradenton Fire Department is losing a couple of veterans.

Training director/Capt. Tom Woods (29.5 years) and Battalion Chief Glenn Hudson (28.5) retire at the end of the month.

n Tonight's Booker-Southeast game will feature an American Heart Association "Red Out" to heighten awareness to heart disease -- the No. 1 killer of all Americans.

Red AHA "Rock the Beat" T-shirts will be sold at the school and at Kiker stadium for $15.

Admission is half-price if you wear it at thegame.

All proceeds go to AHA research and education.

n Vernon DeSear joined Veenie Goodson on the judge's panel in Hoopeston, Ill., for the 2012 National Sweetheart Pageant, featuring all first runners-up from the Miss America state pageants.

There were 41 contestants in the five-day event.

Miss Virginia, Desiree Williams, was the winner.

DeSear, a Manatee Memorial Hospital vice-president, was pageant director of judging.

Goodson was a four-time pageant winner and co-founder of DeSoto's Sisterhood of the Crown.

n Watch "This Week in Preps on METV" airing Thursday through Saturday at different times with The Herald's Jason Dill, Alan Dell, John Lembo, Nick Williams and sports editor Tim Wolfrum.

n Braden River High's cooked up some cool ways to help restock the shelves at the Food Bank of Manatee during their food drive through Sept. 21. The first-period class that donates the most food wins a breakfast party.

A Kiss-the-Pig competition features students donating to make a "lucky" teacher or administrator pucker up for porky.

Then there's free admission to the Pirates' Sept. 21 home game against Riverview for students donating at least five canned food items at the game.

For more details, contact teacher and Key Club advisor Jenni McNally at 941-751-8230, ext. 2108.

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055.